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MP nominates Elsecar pub for new national award

Barnsley East MP Michael Dugher has nominated local pub chef Phil Hickling from the Milton Arms in Elsecar for the inaugural Parliamentary Pub Chef of the Year award.

The competition will be judged by an expert panel and the award will be presented in the New Year.

The Milton Arms, situated in the historic village of Elsecar, offers an extensive menu which is served throughout the week and Phil’s ingredients are locally sourced whenever possible.

Commenting on the nomination, Mr Dugher said: “Phil and his team have created a top quality menu, often made with locally sourced ingredients, that offers a full range of classic pub food as well as Sunday roasts at great value for money.

“Phil has made the Milton Arms a fantastic place to eat and I wish him all the best of luck in the Pub Chef of the Year competition.”

Brigid Simmonds, Chief Executive of the British Beer & Pub Association, said: “I am delighted that Michael Dugher MP is working with us on this new award. A career as a pub chef is exciting and demanding, and it offers young people development, rewards and a great working environment.

“Pubs are increasingly serving very high quality food, and for ambitious chefs, it’s a great chance to quickly take control of your own kitchen. I think it is time that we recognise the efforts of superb chefs up and down the country.”

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